Situated, in what may be considered the centre of the country, Madhya Pradesh was India’s second largest state prior to the state of Chhatisgarh being carved out of it. Today, it spreads over 308,252 square kms with Bhopal as its capital. Richly forested with heritage sites, Madhya Pradesh also has some of India’s most coveted mineral wealth including of diamond and copper in India. Its forests offer some fascinating tourist sites. Besides, the state has significant reserves of coal, coal-bed methane, manganese and dolomite. The state shares its borders with five other Indian states: Uttar Pradesh Chhatisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan and is watered by the Narmada and Tapi. The state has received significant public and private sector investments and is now trying to make itself ready for global investments.